11/20/2013 4:15PM

Promising Babies

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Let's take a peek at some promising 2-year-olds.

SHARED BELIEF (Candy Ride - Common Hope, by Storm Cat), a gelding trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, couldn't have been more impressive in both career starts out in California.  He made his debut at Golden Gate on October 19, stepped six furlongs in 1:09.53 and ran a final quarter in 23.73 while winning by seven lengths.  Privately purchased after that start, he then blew away four others in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue at seven furlongs on November 10 (won by 7 3/4 lengths with a 99 Beyer Speed Figure, finished his final eighth in 11.76 seconds).  He's yet to route and has yet to race on dirt, but will likely be a very strong contender in the Grade 1 Cash Call Futurity over the cushion track on December 14.  From a pedigree standpoint, he's a half-brother to Little Miss Holly, winner of the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks on dirt at 1 1/16 miles.  Another half-sister, Double Major, finished third in the Sunshine Millions Oaks at six furlongs.  The dam won sprinting and is a half-sister to Grade 1 sprint winner Key Phrase (dam of the swift Yankee Gentleman).  We'll see how far he ultimately wants to go, but Shared Belief has been very good thus far.

Although GREEN MASK (Mizzen Mast - Bonsai Beauty, by Forestry) only earned a 79 Beyer Speed Figure in his debut on October 24, he may have been the most visually impressive winner during the fall Keeneland meeting.  Trained by Wesley Ward, Green Mask was in cruise control throughout his six furlong race.  He won by 5 1/4 lengths in gate-to-wire fashion and completed his last quarter in 23.48 with a final eighth in 11.86.  It's still uncertain if he beat anything of quality (only one of five next-out runners cracked the board and that horse needed a drop to 40K maiden claimers in order to complete the trifecta at Churchill Downs) and the pedigree seems geared more to synthetic and turf racing.  A $37,000 yearling that resold for $150,000 in April, he's the first runner from an unraced half-sister to Grade 2 turf winner Masseuse, turf stakes-winner Second Performance, and long-winded turf stakes-winner Buff. 

TOP FORTITUDE, an Arizona-bred colt with a nice pedigree (kin to four blacktype earners including Grade 2 route winner Uh Oh Bango and multiple stakes-winner Ez Dreamer), may not seem like a Derby horse, but he ran quickly under jockey Kayla Stra at 6 1/2 furlongs over the cushion track on November 16.  Top Fortitude earned a 92 Beyer for trainer R. Kory Owens.  Don't let the AZ-bred designation fool you.  The dam throws runners.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (11/4/13 - 11/10/13):

1. MORDI'S MIRACLE - 104 - Millions Classic Preview Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Gulfstream
2. PRAETEREO - 102 - OC 100k/N3X -N - 7 Furlongs - Aqueduct
3. CYCLOMETER - 101 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs
4. SHARED BELIEF - 99 - Hollywood Prevue Stakes (G3) - 7 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
5. BAD DEBT - 98 - Millions Turf Preview Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Gulfstream
5. MAJOR MARVEL - 98 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Churchill
7. LA VERDAD - 97 - OC 35k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
7. SPEAK LOGISTICS - 97 - OC 32k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
9. ATTHISPOINTINTIME - 96 - Alw 16000s - 7 Furlongs - Parx
10. ARLO - 95 - Alw 68700C - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Parx
10. BIG MACHER - 95 - Alw 48750N1X - 7 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
10. IVAN FALLUNOVALOT - 95 - OC 18k/N1X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Retama
10. KHARAFA - 95 - Three Coins Up Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Aqueduct
14. BLACK BEAR - 94 - Alw 40000NC - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Remington
14. SCHILLING - 94 - Alw 33320NC - 1 Mile (Turf) - Golden Gate
16. DROGUE - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Churchill
16. RES JUDICATA - 93 - City of Laurel Stakes - Laurel
16. TE RAPA - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
19. ABACO - 92 - Cardinal Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Churchill
19. CAST A DOUBT - 92 - Clm c-(16-14) - 7 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
19. RUSH NOW - 92 - OC 40k/N3X - 1 Mile - Parx
22. DEANAALLEN'SKITTEN - 91 - Trevita Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Aqueduct
22. GRAEME CRACKERJACK - 91 - Clm 8000 - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
22. OL WINEDRINKER WHO - 91 - Veteran Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Zia
22. SPIRIT RULES - 91 - Alw 57390N1X - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood

*The lifetime past performances for MORDI'S MIRACLE are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*CAST A DOUBT was claimed for $16,000 by trainer Bob Hess Jr. from John Sadler.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (11/11/13 - 11/17/13):

1. CSABA - 104 - Alw 30640C - 1 1/16 Miles - Calder
2. GALLANT SON - 101 - Oakland Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
3. EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH - 100 - Jennings Handicap - 1 Mile - Laurel
4. SAN ONOFRE - 98 - Md Sp Wt 45k - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
5. ARROGANT OFFICER - 97 - Alw 10000s - 6 Furlongs - Parx
5. CHAMOIS - 97 - Duluth Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Aqueduct
5. DADS CAPS - 97 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - Aqueduct
5. SINGANOTHERSONG - 97 - OC 32k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - Gulfstream
9. HOLY CANDY - 96 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
9. WORK ALL WEEK - 96 - Lightning Jet Handicap - 6 Furlongs - Hawthorne
11. LUCY'S BOB BOY - 95 - A Huevo Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Charles Town
11. SLIVER AND ONIONS - 95 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - Aqueduct
13. ALPHA BETTOR - 94 - Autumn Stakes (G2-C) - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
13. HOMEBOYKRIS - 94 - Clm c-25000 - 1 Mile - Churchill
15. BELLARMINE - 93 - Clm 50000 - 1 Mile - Churchill
15. IMAGINING - 93 - Red Smith Handicap (G3) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - Aqueduct
15. RIVER SEVEN - 93 - Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Churchill
15. SERVICE FOR TEN - 93 - Dave's Friend Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
19. BIGGER IS BETTOR - 92 - Slew O'Gold Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Aqueduct
19. ET TU WALKER - 92 - OC c-62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
19. TOP FORTITUDE - 92 - Md Sp Wt 46k - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
19. WARONTHEHOMEFRONT - 92 - Alw 7500s - 1 Mile - Remington
23. CHEYENNE NATION - 91 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Aqueduct
23. HOMERUN BERTI - 91 - Lea County Stakes - 91 - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Zia
23. MIGHTY IAN - 91 - OC35k/SAL35k - 1 Mile - Aqueduct
23. RANULF - 91 - Clm 25000(25-22.5)N2L - 6 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
23. ROCK AND GLORY - 91 - Alw 52000N2X - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood

*The lifetime past performances for CSABA are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*HOMEBOYKRIS, 16th in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Joe Woodard from Michael Maker.

*ET TU WALKER was claimed for $62,500 by trainer Patrick Biancone from Doug O'Neill.

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Apologies for a late question (hopefully not too late) - real life required some attention - but I was intrigued and saddened by your mention of trainer Richard Hannon's appalling race record in North America. 16 - 0 - 1 - 0. Wow.
You will be aware of his prowess in Britain and elsewhere, his complete failure makes no sense to me. Relying on Wikipedia (and memory), Hannon has been champion trainer 3 times, including 2013. He has won at 18% over the last 5 years. Those wins include 32 at Royal Ascot, 4 English Classics, 2 more Classics in Ireland, and several very good races in France. Hannon is EASILY our most successful trainer of 2 year olds. And yet you reckon he has just one 2nd place finish from 16 attempts over your way.
Have you any theories?
Are there any top level US trainers who can't get themselves a Breeders Cup victory?
Best Regards - Bernard Downes

Here is the list of Hannon's North American starters:

1991:  Only Yours - 8th Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Keeneland) at 7-1 odds.
1991:  Showbrook - 14th Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Churchill) at 25-1 odds.
1992:  Fair Crack - 8th Hoist the Flag Stakes (Hollywood) at 2-1 odds.
1992:  My Memoirs - 2nd Belmont Stakes (Belmont) at 18-1 odds.
1992:  Central City - 7th Laurel Dash (Laurel) at 13-1 odds.
1992:  Beyton - 6th Rothmans International (Woodbine) at 29-1 odds.
1992:  Mr Brooks - DNF Breeders' Cup Sprint (Gulfstream) at 7-1 odds.
1993:  Surprise Offer - 10th Breeders Cup Sprint (Santa Anita) at 17-1 odds.
1995:  Commoner - 6th Rothmans International (Woodbine) at 60-1 odds.
2005:  Cool Creek - DNF Breeders' Futurity (Keeneland) at 7-1 odds.
2010:  Tale Untold - 11th Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Churchill) at 12-1 odds.
2010:  Paco Boy - 4th Breeders' Cup Mile (Churchill) at 7-1 odds.
2011:  Strong Suit - 10th Breeders' Cup Mile (Churchill) at 7-1 odds.
2012:  Sky Lantern - 8th Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Santa Anita) at 5-2 odds.
2013:  Shamshon - 11th Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Santa Anita) at 32-1 odds.
2013:  Olympic Glory - 9th Breeders' Cup Mile (Santa Anita) at 9-2 odds.

I think it's a combination of bad luck (Sky Lantern had terrible trouble, Mr. Brooks broke down), some questionable placement (Showbrook, Surprise Offer, Cool Creek on dirt) and an owner's strong desire to run in spots where Hannon wasn't totally comfortable (Shamshon, Olympic Glory).

Of the top North American-based trainers, Christophe Clement (0-23), John Sadler (0-31), Wesley Ward (0-16), Mike Mitchell (0-14), Allen Jerkens (0-11) and Mark Casse (0-19) come to mind as it pertains to poor Breeders' Cup records.


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Dan and others, any thoughts of this possible future star and path to the 3 year old year?? I would like to see a star rise to the top.
Whackymacky Out!!!

HONOR CODE is obviously a very talented colt with a huge amount of upside, a big pedigree, and top-notch connections.  His debut was very impressive, he ran well in the Champagne and he should be very tough in the upcoming Remsen at Aqueduct.  Right now, he's at the very top of many Kentucky Derby lists, but I am a bit concerned that he hasn't shown much early speed in his races.  If he continues with this late-closing running style, he's going to be confronted with pace and trip issues in bigger fields against tougher horses.

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Greetings Dan,
I am wondering if you post the past performances for the talented CA filly, Nashoba's Key. She was one of my favorite fillies, and my heart broke when she died in a freak stall accident. Unfortunately, we never got to see her compete against Zenyatta in the 2008 Santa Margarita. I remember she had a couple of lackluster outings on the turf before winning the Santa Margarita in 1:48:8. The pace was awkward with 4 furlongs going in 50 seconds and 6 furlongs 1:14:2. Then came the rapid fire 34:6 finish.
Jeffrey

NASHOBA'S KEY's past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.


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Annie, I'm willing to administer the kiss of death to another MKB horse this year.  Please sign me up.

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Friends,

It looks as if we'll have our annual FormBlog Convention at Gulfstream Park early next year.  For more details, head on over to Laura's excellent website

http://ironmaidensthoroughbreds.com/Formblog.html

It's always a blast so come on out if you can.


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The weekend handicapping previews should be available on the site soon.


You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman


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Congrats to Ed Kay for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling contest.


Rick M's HandiGambling scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.


Ed selected Friday's seventh race at Aqueduct for this week's exercise.


PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.


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I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are. I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.

Best of luck to all.


***FROM SCOREKEEPER PENN NATIONAL RICK***

I read some entries on here and there are some people who put their heart out on their picks(such as DavidM9999) and give you great analysis on who they like and why and then there are others who elect not to give any reasoning behind their entries. The rule I will implement EFFECTIVE 3/1/13 will be... any entry without ANY analysis will be ignored. We are not asking you to put out a novel, but again a sentence or two. Also, I will put communication out when Dan puts out new blogs.
My intent is not to be jerk on this, but what's fair is fair. I'm not taking away from this week or past winners regarding all of this, but we do need to make the change.
If you have any questions/concerns...please send an email to FORMBLOG@DRF.COM and it will get forwarded to me.
Thank You!
Rick

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